There were several times during the editing process for this recent lifestyle session where I thought my heart would burst out of my chest. I am not kidding. I’m talking about joy that made it hard to keep my butt in my desk chair. I should also mention that I had a McLatte on my way home from dropping my son off at our sitter’s house so I could get some work done. But this family just oozes cuteness…and they are celebrating little McKenzie’s first birthday with a lifestyle session at South Park.
And I know that the way I’m writing this might sound a little braggadocios, but let me stop you right there. I can’t take credit for this gorgeous family or the lovely surrounds, and I won’t take credit for the skills God has given me to capture these sweet moments. I just feel blessed getting to be a part of all of this loveliness and want to say, thank you, Jesus!
Ok, thanks for sticking with me. I just felt like I really had to say that. Here are some more photos…
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I’d like to take some time to introduce this precious little baby I had the pleasure of photographing a few weeks ago. Baby Gabriel is the latest in a cluster of little boys to be born among my friends from church here in Pittsburgh. And we’re so excited to add this tiny fellow into the mix!
BYOBB – Bring Your Own Baby Blankets!
His mom brought some wonderful handmade baby blankets and toys which is a great way to personalize your session. And we really loved seeing him snuggle up to this knit bunny.
The Best Time to Photograph Your Newborn
During the session, Gabriel was just about two weeks old—that’s about as old as I like to photograph newborns because they become more and more alert and there’s just so much more we can do with infants who sleep most of the time during their first two weeks. Anyway Gabriel was so easy going, asleep or awake. He even cooperated for this shot by curling up over his knees while on his tummy.
Not every baby will do that…including mine! I remember trying to get my son to pose for a similar shot and he was not having it. He hated tummy time from the very start!
First Family Portraits
And one of my favorite parts of newborn sessions are the first family portraits. Carolyn and Joe, you two are naturals!
Don’t you just love little feet? And look at them next to his mom and dad’s hands. I love that.
Isn’t it hard to resist kissing your baby? With boys, I figure we should squeeze all of the kisses in while we can!
Babies in the Buff
And I know we don’t normally hold our little ones in the buff for practical reasons, but isn’t he precious? That’s why I like to have newborns nude for most of their photos. Their is no need to buy cute little outfits for their newborn photos because nothing is better than seeing your baby (tastefully posed) in his birthday suit!
Below is a slideshow I put together to present the images from Gabriel’s session to his parents. If you’re expecting and would like to schedule a maternity or newborn session, please click here to find out more about me and if you like my work, I’d love to hear from you!
I’m getting all ready for our first-ever holiday mini sessions and as part of my preparations, I’d like to do a test shoot. So, I’m looking for a family who would like to be my model so that I can create an image to use in my marketing that will give everyone an idea of what to expect with our mini sessions.
Here’s how I’ll choose this family: please write a short essay (300 words or less) on what family portraits mean to you and send me a snapshot of you and your family. By doing this, you’re giving me permission to share your story and photo on my site and Facebook page. I’m planning on doing this test shoot on November 19th at 4 p.m. So your family will need to be available at that time. The winning family for this Photo Op will be selected next Wednesday, on November 13th. So time is ticking!
Congratulations to Casey and Matt! You two have been such a sweet and fun couple to work with and your wedding day was no different. This wedding is bittersweet for me because it is the last wedding of the season. And with the close of this season, I’ll be shifting my focus to newborn and children’s portraiture. So while it’s been a thrilling 6 years of photographing weddings, I couldn’t think of a better way to go out with a bang! And the super-talented Melanie Grady was with me and we had a wonderful day shooting this beautiful wedding. So if you’re reading this and looking for a wedding photographer, Melanie would be a great one to call.
Ok, on to the good stuff. We started with Casey getting ready in her room at the hotel, Days Inn Butler.
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I’m so excited to be offering holiday mini sessions (for the first time ever!) at Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm on November 23rd and 24th! We’ll be shooting by the Christmas trees and I’ll have some fun props to add some color. The sessions are 30 minutes long and include 25 custom-designed, flat holiday cards (5×7, 5×5, or snowflake-shaped 3×3 inserts (great if you already have your cards, and they make awesome ornaments!) You’ll be emailed an online proofing gallery on November 25th, which will remain active for one month. If you make your image selections for your holiday card by the 26th, we’ll have your cards ready for you by the first week of December! The session fee is $150. Sessions are limited!